11/25/15 11:54am

gas prices
We snapped an earlier station with below $2 a gallon prices about two weeks ago and now Old Town Gas has followed suit. With gas prices likely falling below $40 a gallon, I would make an educated guess that gas prices will be going lower. If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving like me, gas prices are at their lowest since 2008.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the price of oil barrels has dropped due to a simple supply and demand resolution. Due to the new-found oil in the United States, the supply now meets the demand with our ‘homegrown’ oil. As the price of oil barrels continue to drop, the price of gas will continue to drop.

REMINDER: You can use this map on our website to find the lowest gas prices in Alexandria 24/7.

11/25/15 11:43am

Alexandria Turkey Trot

As readers know, this year will be the 40th annual Alexandria Turkey Trot through the streets of Del Ray and Rosemont. Del Ray Vibe talked about 40 Years of Turkey Trotting at this link.

Just announced – In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Alexandria Turkey Trot, organizers have announced that they will be awarding a $100 prize to the individual that shows up wearing the “oldest” official Alexandria Turkey Trot t-shirt. The Oldest T-Shirt Award will be presented following the race when the race winners are announced.

Also just announced – Pork Barrel BBQ just added a $50 gift certificate for the winner!

How many years have you been running the race?

11/25/15 11:16am

If you’re like me and the thought of hosting Thanksgiving dinner is enough to send you in to a [turkey] tail spin, then you’ll be happy to know that Old Town does not disappoint when it comes to yummy dinner options and exciting holiday fun.

We’re going to come out of the gate strong with one of the area’s best restaurants and a personal favorite: Brabo. Take a look at their Thanksgiving menu and you’ll be instantly convinced (and drooling). Options include cider braised pork belly and pumpkin crème brulee – need I say more? Their holiday menu is $75/person and reservations are necessary.

While it’s still relatively new to King Street, Jackson 20 has quickly become an Old Town staple and has a reputation for good food and warm ambiance. Their Thanksgiving menu will make it a crowd pleaser for your holiday feast with the choice of a three-course pre-fixe menu, or a family-style dinner buffet that runs from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm (and is kid friendly). Another option is Thanksgiving dinner to-go! Let Chef Brian do the cooking for you and bring it home to share with friends and family. Check out their website for instructions on ordering Thanksgiving dinner to-go.

The “boutique emporium of epicurean delight” known as Society Fair is offering Thanksgiving to-go options that are sure to be a hit since restaurateurs Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong can do no wrong in my book.

So you’ve had your turkey and cranberry sauce and now you’re looking to show out of town guests a good time with a fun night out? Head to Union Street Pub Friday night where you’ll find a DJ, dancing, and drinks with no cover charge. Bayou Room is the place to go if you’re ready to dance until 2:00 am either Friday or Saturday night (or both nights, if you’ve got it in you!).

Perhaps your squad is low key, in which case you might want to check out the exclusive, new Captain Gergory’s located behind the secret door in Sugar Shack (don’t forget to text (571) 281-0059 to reserve a table). Another option for the relaxed, yet sophisticated crowd looking for delicious cocktails is Bar PX (this is also a reservation only establishment. And don’t forget to dress to impress).

As soon as Thanksgiving is under wraps, you know what that means… Christmas celebrations begin! Friday at 6:00 pm the City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Market Square, so come on out and get your holiday cheer on.

If you’re feeling patriotic and festive, then Mount Vernon will do the trick. Enjoy gorgeous holiday décor, historical chocolate making demonstrations, 18th-century dancing, and candlelight tours of the mansion.

However you choose to spend your holiday, Alexandria is sure to have something for everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!

11/25/15 10:52am
Alexandria Sheriff's Office delivers turkeys

Deputy Valarie Wright helped Sgt Craig Davie deliver Project Thanksgiving’s meal donation to Hopkins House.

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office once again assisted in Project Thanksgiving, a regional effort to provide deserving families with complete Thanksgiving dinners.

On Tuesday, November 24, Sergeant Craig Davie picked up 16 Thanksgiving dinners — complete with turkeys, potatoes, veggies and dessert — from Lockheed Martin in Manassas and then delivered them to Hopkins House, a local organization that will share them with Alexandria area families in need. Lockheed Martin funds the dinners and their employees arrange for the food purchases and meal coordination.

11/25/15 10:05am

ACPS redistricting timeline for Alexandria, Virginia
As we told you first, this town hall occurred yesterday at lunch time. Yours truly asked a question, did you? The School Board recently extended the timeline for a decision on redistricting. I think Monday’s decision is a clear sign redistricting will happen in the 2016-2017 school year. What do you think?

For more information on redistricting in Alexandria, Virginia, visit this link.

The Town Hall is available after the jump…


11/25/15 9:51am

Bike lane

The City’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Transportation Planning Division recently held a public meeting on an upcoming Complete Streets project along King Street between Radford Street and Janneys Lane.

The purpose of this meeting was to seek community input.  The project will be implemented in conjunction with the resurfacing of the roadway. Complete Streets are streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

ICYMI, you can find the presentation from the meeting at this link (PDF) and compiled public comments are at this link (PDF).

For more information about the project, visit this link.

11/25/15 9:32am

Landmark1 copy

As we told you first, Howard Hughes Corporation has launched a new webpage, which provides updated information on the Landmark Mall Redevelopment, as well as an opportunity for the community to sign up to stay informed about future news and updates.

The redevelopment of Landmark Mall was approved by City Council in summer 2013. The plan, submitted by Howard Hughes Corporation, calls for the demolition of the two-story central area of the mall and replacement of this portion with a mixed-use residential and retail complex with a traditional street grid, sidewalks, trees, and open space.

In June 2015, City Council approved a Site Plan Amendment, as submitted by the Howard Hughes Corporation, to increase the residential and commercial floor areas by approximately 54,000 square feet.

Question remains – when will redevelopment begin? We hear from sources Howard Hughes is putting together final financing for the project and redevelopment is likely to begin in 2016.

For more information on the Landmark Mall Redevelopment, please visit this link or contact Maya Contreras, Principal Planner at 703.746.4666.